Drunk Haught is many things. A tiny spitfire. One of @nuutmeg’s wives. A Bunny Loblaw stan. But above all, Kelsey is an Earper, and is the true definition of that word.
I finally met her in person at EH Con, and she really is one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. One of the things that impresses me the most about her is her unwavering support of her friends. She’ll defend them, fight for them, and broadcast their goodness to anyone who may be listening, and she’ll make it so loud that those who aren’t listening can’t help but to hear. She’s a true, genuine, good person, and the Wynonna Earp community is lucky to have her.
I mean, she’s not the best of us. She’s not Lynn. But she’s pretty good.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
By day, I work as an account analyst for a customer-experience data vendor. I spend a lot of time working on analysis and data requests, and then formatting them into presentations. Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying I spend approximately eight hours a day being Microsoft Excel’s personal bitch.
Beyond that, though, I’m honestly like not that exciting of a person. I spend a lot of time shouting dumb jokes into the void of the internet in the hope of receiving validation through the form of a tiny heart shaped button. I love sports a lot, which is ironic because I’m so bad at sports. I’ll watch all of them, though, and get super into them. Honestly one time I spent like an extra forty-five minutes at the gym because I got particularly into a lacrosse game that was on the TV at the time. This does not apply to baseball, though.
I spend the rest of my time watching musicals and movies I’ve seen 100 times, as well as watching a bunch of reality docu-series about murder because I’m complete Investigation Discovery trash. I also eat a lot of Taco Bell.
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
I was fresh off the Lexapocalypse and it was a dark, dark time. Fun fact about me: I’m at pretty much all times either 0% into something or 7000% into something, and I was 9000% into Lexa and Clarke. So, as you can imagine, I was a sad gay and really needed something else to throw my whole entire heart into. At the time, I was a 25-year-old gay who had a tumblr account, so of course I kept stumbling across Wayhaught gifs. It took me a bit to really give it a shot (WTF is Purgatory are they all dead is this some weird ghost sci-fi show), but as soon as I did, a bitch was HOOKED.
Around season 2, I was doing a lot of tweeting about Wynonna Earp. I noticed around like late June that I was starting to lose followers on my account, so I tweeted something like “maybe I should make a separate Twitter for my Wynonna Earp stuff ‘cause you guys keep unfollowing me” and it was like my most liked tweet. Thus, Twitter user @drunkhaught was born. It was supposed to be a side account but now I never even go on my main account anymore. Y’all are my mains now.
Is this your first fandom?
Yes and no. Yes in the sense that it’s the first fandom I’ve ever really, like, legitimately participated in. Every other fandom experience I’ve had was as a bystander, save for a few middle school posts on a General Hospital message board (shout out to all you Robin Scorpio fans out there. No? Just me? It’s chill.) [ Editor’s note — Robin Scorpio was a great character. ]
I was very passively involved in the 100 fandom, but I was terrified to actually, like, be active in it back then. It was easy to get active in the Wynonna fandom because everyone was just chill AF.
What is your favorite fandom memory?
I assume since the next question is con related that this one should not be con related. I have a lot of really solid memories tied to this fandom, so it’s really hard for me to pick just one. Since this is my EarperView, though, and I can pretty much do whatever I want (right?), I’ll talk about a few.
Probably one of, if not my singular favorite, memory was the first time I went to Los Angeles. I’ve developed a really bad (re: expensive) habit of just jumping on a plane and flying across the country to hang out with Earpers because someone says “do it.” Kat Jetson said “hey come to LA” and I was like “lol sure,” even though she was pretty much the only one I really knew out there at the time. From the time I touched down in LA to the time I left, I was surrounded by Earpers and every single one of them was so cool and friendly. I was already pretty fandom-involved by then, but I think that was one of my first real experiences of how special this fandom felt live and in person. By the time it was time for me to leave, I was ready to move to LA.
I’d also say one of my other favorite memories is driving to Chicago for an Earper meet-up. This was right around the time that Earper meet-ups started really popping up, and a Chicago one had popped up. My groupchat, shout-out to the Chili’s Staff, were all like “hey guys… what if we just… went?” Please note that literally none of us live in Chicago. I think I was the closest one and it was like eight hours away. We were all just like “fuck it yeah let’s go” and either drove or flew into Chicago for it. When Cat Zimm heard we were coming, she messaged me and was like “hey is this true?” I told her it was, and she was immediately like “alright, you guys are staying at my house.” Which was SO BOMB. A few of us had met this girl literally one time at DragonCon and she was like “sleep at my house bitches this is a chill thing that just happens now”
It’s lit. Earpers are so fucking cool, man.
What is your favorite con memory?
Remember when you asked for one? Lmao here’s more than that.
My first favorite was DragonCon, where the Drunk Haught persona was like really truly born (because I was drunk, Monica. I was so, so very drunk). I spent like 100 bucks on alcohol, got an iconic Wayhaught photo, hit on a Power Ranger, might have cat-called Michael Eklund (I swear I don’t remember this part but people insist it happened)… it was a time.
Also I’d say, like, all of ClexaCon was so lit. I brought an entire entourage with me for my Emily autograph to watch as, while Emily gave me her autograph, I also gave her mine. That was also when Emily told me I was funny which I have on video. There was another epic photo op there, too.
Then, of course, there was EHCon. Canada in general is just amazing, but couple that with being surrounded by nothing but Earpers? Pure magic. EHcon was a fucking blast. Also shoutout to Andrea Higgins for being a literal gem of a human and probably one of my my favorite parts of my favorite con.
I have to say overall, though, the best part of cons isn’t even the con. Like, the panels are cool and the cast is lit and the crew is dope… but the best part of cons is Earpers. There’s nothing better than being around Earpers, man, con or no con. TBH I’ve actually considered going to cons and not buying tickets to the actual cons, just hanging out with Earpers around it.
So, my favorite con memory is Earpers. Final answer, Regis. Does that reference still make sense to people? [ Editor’s note — this is the correct answer. ]
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Besides dropping hundreds of dollars to fly across the country and party with them? Earper memes, man. They’re top notch.Y’all are so goddamn funny. It’s the best. Other people being funny makes me funnier, and the Earper fandom always has me on my goddamn toes (which makes me about 5’ even)
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
Lead with your heart and the rest will fall into place. It’s what they did to make the show, it’s what they do on the show, and it’s the way I want to live my life. Any time I try to describe this show to someone, I find myself saying “heart” a whole fuckton. The fans are the same way; all heart, man. It’s so hard to describe to people that aren’t experiencing it.
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
Oh man… Leggo!
Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?
I’m not a potato discriminator. All potatoes are good potatoes, man. I once gave a speech on the potato being the perfect food, and I was fucking right.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
- 800. 900. Wait, we’re talking about Katy Andras, right? No? Emily? Oh like 6 I guess.
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
The difference is she adores us back (I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS FOR SO LONG MAN)
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
I’m going to have to go with the season 2 finale scene with Waverly, Wynonna, Rosita, and Peacemaker. Listen, season 2 was very important to me and a big reason for that was the journey that we went on with Waverly all season in relation to her identity. Being an Earp was her gift and her burden all through her life, but she had held on to it so tightly. Season 2 saw that slip away from her, and we saw her reeling from the loss. Some of that reeling saw her slipping away from Wynonna, but the scene with Peacemaker served to show us that no one believes in Waverly Earp more than Wynonna Earp.
Plus, there’s nothing more Waverly and Wynonna than each of them telling each other that they are the best of us… and man, they’re both fucking right.
Also, the “Do chicks?” moment, which is still one of my top moments in television history, but that’s more of a Waverly thing.
How have you Earped your life?
I mean I’ve gone to like five new states in the past year. I’ve spent almost every bit of my PTO this year on Wynonna Earp related events. There’s a fuckin’ ScaryKrystal mural on my wall. I have a fandom shirt drawer. There’s a Megan stitch wall in my bedroom (right next to my bed, exactly where she deserves to be.) Vic fuckin’ drew me. It’s a lot man. How haven’t I Earped my life?
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
Probably the Earpiest thing I’ve ever done was convince someone that I had only met in person for a day to move across the country and live in my home because I needed a roommate.
Hey Mikaela. What’s up. Wanna watch The Last Five Years later? Cool.
What alcoholic beverage best corresponds with each of the characters in Wynonna Earp?
Lol I bet you asked this question like “haha this is cute I bet I’ll get something simple” WRONG FAM I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT IT FOR W E E K S [ Editor’s note — I did not expect something simple. You delivered, DH. Thank you. ]
Wynonna Earp – Moonshine. Listen, let’s face it; Moonshine is fucking rough. Even just saying Moonshine can cause people’s faces to contort. “Ugh,” they’ll say, “Moonshine? Seriously?” It’s got a bad history with the law which left it very rough around the edges. For a long time, moonshine was a big fuck you to The Man, but running on the other side of the law left it pretty unrefined. Moonshine is absolutely not for everyone. If there’s Moonshine in your glass, though, it’s gonna get you where you need to go. It’s strong as fuck, too. Holy shit, Moonshine is so strong. Moonshine makes no fucking apologies for what it is – you know exactly what the fuck you’re getting into when the moonshine comes out.
Waverly Earp – House Margarita (preferably flavored. Even more preferably, mango.) When someone orders a margarita, a lot of the time, people will roll their eyes. “Oh, look at this kid and her fuckin girly drink.” Margaritas have a history of being an immature kind of drink, and because of that history, people will immediately cast a Margarita aside as being less-than. Here’s the thing, though, those people are only judging a Margarita based on the assumptions that they’ve made up in their heads. They have no fucking clue what’s in that glass. Give them a margarita and watch it knock them on their holier-than-thou asses faster than you can say “Drink tequila, tequila drinkers.” You don’t fuck with Margaritas.
Nicole Haught – Martini. Gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist. You know what you’re getting with a martini. It’s a strong, reliable staple of any bartender’s wheelhouse. A lot of people will blow a martini off for being waaaaay too boring. That’s where people are mistaken, though. The martini is far from boring. In fact, the martini has a storied history that goes way, way back. The martini is the fucking staple of being cool. James Bond, right? Shaken, not stirred? What a fucking badass. Just because the martini is reliable doesn’t mean that it’s not fun.
Doc Holliday – Whiskey and coke. As long as we have had mixed drinks, we’ve had whiskey and coke. Whiskey coke is a fucking classic, my friend. When done correctly, whiskey coke is super smooth a little bit smokey, and very very hard to deny. It’s a strong, reliable kind of cocktail. At the same time, though, whiskey coke can be a bit volatile. I mentioned earlier that it’s smooth and smokey when done correctly, but that’s not always the whiskey coke that you get. Sometimes, your proportions are off and your drink can be overpowering, your whiskey harsh, and it can leave a bit of a bad taste in your mouth. Yet even when that happens, you know that you’ll order another one, because when it comes down to it, whiskey coke is your most reliable drink.
Kate – A Long Island Iced Tea. Anytime I see a Long Island Iced Tea on the menu, I’m pretty stoked. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… I have literally no fucking clue what the fuck is in a Long Island Iced Tea. It’s a legitimate mystery to me. I think there’s some cola in it, but fuck, I don’t know, man. I don’t know what I’m getting when someone hands me a Long Island Iced Tea… but here’s the thing, I know it’s gonna fuck me up and I’m gonna love EVERY GODDAMN MINUTE OF IT.
Xavier Dolls – Fireball, straight. It burns a lot and I’m probably gonna end up crying by the end.
BONUS*** The writers – Shots of tequila. Here’s the fun thing about tequila; when I start drinking it straight, I’m either gonna be a lot of fun or I’m gonna sob. There’s very minimal in-between.
I started this EarperView series not knowing if anyone but my friends would read them, and not all of them have turned out great ( because not everyone takes a lot of time and care to answer the questions). But then ones like this happen, and it reminds me of how lucky I am to be in the Earper fandom with people like Kelsey.
See you next week for another EarperView, friends.